Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is one of the most significant advancements in construction productivity in more than 20 years and Division 15 are leaders of integrated BIM solutions. Division 15 Mechanical was one of the first firms to incorporate BIM into its work, and since 2010 has completed a number of projects utilizing BIM technology. Each has shown distinct advantages by determining coordination issues in a virtual environment prior to getting on site, thus eliminating the costly rework often required in a field-coordinated approach. This pre-construction coordination also enables Division 15 to confidently prefabricate components, maintain schedules and improve installation accuracy.

Some of the BIM tools our team uses in its work include:

  • Robotic layout stations tied to the BIM model
  • Tablets allowing field Foremen to have up to date information
  • Clash Detection software for detailed pre-construction coordination with other trades
  • Prefabrication of components derived from the model.

Advantages of using BIM on projects include:

  • Fewer Requests for Information (RFIs) and revisions to installed work
  • Greater accuracy of installed work
  • Accuracy in renovation projects, using scans to create BIMs of existing installations
  • Increased productivity of field personnel; errors are dealt with in the model, before construction begins
  • Accurate documents for “As-Built” drawings
  • Smart equipment objects in the model can tie to an owner’s maintenance program

Division 15 has earned awards from the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) three years in a row, recognizing its BIM work on projects including UBC’s DES Phase 1 project in 2012.

In 2011, UBC Professor Sheryl Staub-French was leading a pilot study in the adoption and implementation of BIM by a Trade Contractor, and approached Division 15 Mechanical to ask for its participation as she had been informed that our firm had already started a BIM program. With Division 15 on board, Ph.D. graduate student Erik Poirior was assigned as an embedded member of our BIM implementation team. Erik participated in our ongoing implementation planning and procedures development, as well as studying the performance of BIM and non-BIM projects to try and determine productivity enhancement through the use of BIM, and to establish a baseline for future comparisons. For further information on this groundbreaking study, please click the attached link to view the full Pilot Project Report.

UBC DIV 15 Productivity Study

For more information on Division 15’s BIM services, please contact us.